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Bentonville Stories

We sat down with a few of our residents to hear about their Bentonville stories.

Take a listen below! 

Gan Nunnally

Bentonville's own Gan Nunnally reflects on our sport's history and how the growth of our baseball league began.

David Short

Christmas is a magical time when children and adults alike cherish the season and all it brings. David Short shares a little magic of the season as he remembers his children experiencing Christmas on the Bentonville square.

Sapna Ramachandran 

Bentonville is home to a diverse group of people. When Sapna visited her now home for the first time, she was unsure how she could plan roots that express her cultural background. After flying back to Bentonville with her son and learning about the strong community our town embraces, she knew Bentonville was her new home.

Jim Walton

Biking in Bentonville, Arkansas is a treasured asset to our community. We sat down with Jim Walton to learn about one of the first events that put Bentonville on the map as a biking destination.

David Short

David Short shares the story about how he and others created the initial concept behind what is now called Downtown Bentonville Inc. 

Johnny Haney

Did you know Bentonville was once known as a major apple producer? Learn the history behind our apple industry and how Moberly Lane got its name. 

Randy Lawson

Family history is a treasure trove of amazing stories, and Bentonville is no exception! Randy Lawson shares his childhood memories of his uncle Ray Hickman, a local barber who also served our country for many years. 


As we celebrate Bentonville's rich history, we're honored to share the personal stories of our community members. Thanks to Randy for taking us on a trip down memory lane and reminding us of the importance of family ties. 

David Short

There's something magical about Christmas in Bentonville, and David Short knows it well!


He reminisces about bringing his kids to the downtown square to experience the live nativity scene and how it was the perfect place to raise a family. From cherished traditions to the love of family and friends, there's no place like home. 

Arnold Layne

Meet Arnold Layne, the fiddling legend of Bentonville! From a young age, Arnold discovered his love of fiddling, and since then, he has crafted an impressive 439 fiddles. His tunes keep Bentonville lively and our spirits high! 

As we celebrate Bentonville's vibrant culture and rich history, we're proud to highlight the talents of our community members like Arnold. Their unique passions and skills make our town an incredible place to live and visit. 

Debbie Matteri

Everyone has a story, and Debbie Matteri's is a testament to the power of cherished memories and the love of her grandmother. It was through the tender bonds they shared that Debbie's affection for Bentonville grew. Our town became more than just a place; it became a sanctuary where her own story could unfold into her home. In this interconnected tapestry of life, let us celebrate the beauty of our unique narratives, woven with love, memories, and the embrace of belonging.

Special thanks to Michael McCranie for interviewing our residents. 

Happy Birthday Bentonville!

Happy sesquicentennial anniversary, Bentonville! 

We asked you, our amazing community, to help us celebrate this milestone, and we were blown away by your responses! From heartfelt messages to creative photos and videos, you truly made this a birthday to remember. 

We're grateful to have such an incredible community of residents who make Bentonville such a special place to call home. Here's to many more years of memories and milestones together! 

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